ARC REVIEW: Safe With Me – by K.L. Slater

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Title: Safe With Me
Author: K.L. Slater

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
First published: November 3rd 2016
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: October 3rd 2016
Pages: 324
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“Sometimes my memories get a bit blurred, good and bad ones together, until it is virtually impossible to separate them. But after all, what are memories but pictures in your mind?”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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As soon as I saw Safe With Me mentioned at Netgalley, I knew immediately I had to request it. I’m a big fan of the mystery/thriller genre and this psychological thriller with a twist sounded too good to be true. And it might just be that I set my expectations too high, especially since I’ve only seen positive reviews so far, but I ended up having mixed thoughts about this thriller by K.L. Slater. When I first started reading it, I was sure I was going to give it the highest possible rating like most other reviewers that have finished it so far. But as the plot twists and unlikeable characters evolved, I started having second thoughts. Everything is almost too absurd (especially during the final part of the book) and the plot just didn’t seem to be believable at all in the end. It didn’t help that I couldn’t connect to the main character Anna either; in fact, I found her rather annoying. I liked the whole amnesia angle though, and I guess Anna does make for a perfect unreliable narrator. So if you enjoy reading the genre and don’t mind an unlikeable character or two, make sure to keep Safe With Me in mind.

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Anna has never been the same after what happened thirteen years ago. She now lives a solitary existence, using order and routine to keep control over her life and her emotions. She doesn’t like to let people getting to close, knowing how much damage they can do… And her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. Then her routine is suddenly disturbed as she witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. It’s Anna’s chance to set things straight and finally get her revenge, but first she has to get to know the main who was injured in the accident, trying to convince him to press charges. Anna is starting to get more and more obsessed and her own secrets are starting to unravel…

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Most people seem to love this psychological thriller so the problem might just have been me, but I wasn’t fully convinced by the credibility of the plot and I couldn’t connect to the main character at all. Anna is supposed to be an unreliable narrator and I don’t mind that, but she really started to annoy me as the story developed. The amnesia angle was well done though. One final detail: the ending was supposed to be a mayor plot twist, but I actually already saw part of it coming. It was a little disappointing, but I would still recommend reading Safe With Me if you like reading psychological thrillers with unreliable narrators.

WWW Wednesdays #105 – October 5th

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WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Basically, I’m still reading the same books from last week plus a new one. Oops?! I guess it shows I was away for the weekend… My main focus is The Bitter Side Of Sweet by Tara Sullivan, which is turning out to be a really interesting and fast-paced read. As soon as I have finished that one, I will continue with Ivy Feckett Is Looking For Love by Jay Spencer Green. I’m only a few pages into that one, so not much to tell so far. I also still need to finish Empire Of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I’m enjoying it better than I thought I would, but the whole Aelin-Rowan romance is really starting to get on my nerves.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished is actually a cookbook that caught my eye at Netgalley: But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! by Kristy Turner. Although I could never give up meat (or cheese!) completely, I always try to prepare vegetarian/vegan meals at least two or three times a week… And this cookbook is a little goldmine! The descriptions and introductions to the recipes are hilarious as well, and there is a lot of extra information ‘special’ ingredients and how to prepare them.
* The other title I managed to finish is Safe With Me by K.L. Slater. I’m having mixed thoughts about this one. When I first started reading it, I was sure I was going to give it the highest possible rating… But as the plot twists and unlikeable characters evolved, I started having second thoughts. Everything is almost too absurd (especially during the final part of the book) and it just didn’t seem believable at all. It didn’t help that I couldn’t connect to the main character either. The ending was supposed to be a mayor plot twist, but I kind of already saw part of it coming?

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I’m waaay behind with my ARCs, and next up are two books I’m looking forward to: The Best Friend by Shalini Boland and Dark Water by Robert Bryndza. I’ve really enjoyed reading the work of both authors in the past, so I can’t wait to start reading these new titles! I also want to read The Coldest Girl In Coldtown by Holly Black to get into the Halloween mood, and A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas is still my latest TBR jar pick (and will be for a while longer I’m afraid).